Lowth’s grammar


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    Several grammar books were published during the 18th century. They fulfilled the demand among a growing middle class for guidance on how to use ‘polite’ or ‘correct’ English. Robert Lowth, an academic and Anglican bishop, compiled this extremely successful work that was re-issued around 45 times between 1762 and 1800.



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    This list of irregular verbs includes forms of the past tense and past participle no longer in use. They include brake (broken) and holpen (helped). Gotten – now associated with American English but still found in some British regional dialects – is recommended as the past participle of ‘to get’.


    Robert Lowth, A Short Introduction to English Grammar, 1762.

    Shelfmark: 626.g.11.(1.).

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